What if The One is right there in front of you, but you never give it a chance? We’re not talking about soulmates—we’re talking about LUNCH.
In life and at lunchtime, sometimes finding your mate requires venturing a little outside your comfort zone. You might even discover your new favorite food! So why not try something a little more exotic than usual or take a chance on that buttoned-up dish you always thought seemed a little…boring. No snap judgments! Don’t just look at the pic but consider all the parts that make up the whole dish!
Ready to take the plunge? We’ve put together a week of charming lunchtime options to help you find your new lunch mate. Mix and mingle! Broaden your horizons! And don’t be afraid to play the field. All’s fair in love and lunch.
Monday's dish: Caprese Schiacciata
Do you like bread? Then you’ll fall hard for schiacciata. It’s a simple, authentic flatbread from the Tuscan region of Italy that’s as fun to say as it is to eat.
In this schiacciata sandwich, we amped up the Italian-ness with a classic caprese topping. Anytime you see the word “caprese” you’ll know you’re in for that iconic Italian tricolore combo: vibrant green basil, creamy mozzarella, and succulent red tomatoes. Oh hey, lunch bae.
If you liked schiacciata, you’ll also love: Tuscan cuisine, focaccia
Tuesday's dish: Salmon Miso Bowl
What in the world is miso? It's a paste made of fermented soybeans that lends a fantastic umami flavor to everything it touches. Miso tastes like…miso. So you just have to try it! Salmon + miso is a truly perfect pairing, and we think you'll fall in love at first bite. We have a good feeling about this one.
If you liked miso, you'll also love: Japanese cuisine, miso butter, barley
The first thing you should know about nori is that it is seaweed. Wait, stay with us! You may have already encountered nori as the wrapping around sushi rolls, and it's also delicious as a garnish on soups and rice bowls. Nori is thin and crisp with a subtle, salty flavor, and it adds a little extra something to everything.
To kick off your love affair with nori, we suggest this shrimp and rice bowl for a midweek lunch date. Cue the romantic film score.
If you liked nori, you'll also love: Korean and Japanese cuisine, sushi
Thursday's dish: Bombay Chicken Bowl
Let's just get it all out there: spelt sounds like cardboard health food. Okay, we said it. Now without preconceived notions standing in the way, you can actually enjoy the delicious chewy, nutty, satisfying goodness that spelt brings to the table. It also happens to be high in protein and fiber! (Irreconcilable differences alert: This ancient grain is a type of wheat and not a match for the gluten-sensitive.)
Ready to get to know each other? We're sending you on a first date with this flavor-packed curry bowl starring spelt, chicken, cilantro, apples, and feta.
If you liked spelt, you'll also love: farro, heirloom grains and ancient wheats, Bavarian and Belgian beers
Friday's dish: Cruciferous Chicken Bowl
Who knew that something so staid and steady could be so adventurous? Cruciferous veggies may not be blessed with the sexiest name, but cauliflower and broccoli are having a moment in all sorts of exciting recipes. As an added bonus, cauliflower, broccoli, and all its cruciferous cousins are packed with nutrients like vitamins C, E, and K.
To prove that cauliflower and broccoli aren't the bland, boiled bores you remember from childhood, dive into this tasty chicken bowl featuring flavorful roasted florets. As they always say, absence makes the heart grow hungrier. Or something like that.
If you liked cruciferous veggies, you'll also love: broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, collard greens
Was it love at first bite? Add it to your Favorites!
If you’ve found a new dish to spend your lunchtime with, this doesn't have to be the end of your romance. Add the dish to your personal Favorites list by clicking on the heart icon. (Luckily, we don’t limit how many favorites you can have... wink wink.)
When a dish is saved to your Favorites, we’ll let you know when it’s available on the menu. Then you can order your new lunch fave (or not—we won’t tell). We’ll also use it to set preferences for your backup plan. So, in case you forget to order lunch and your favorite dish is available, we’ll try to send it to you!
Managing Favorites is easy too. Simply click on your name in the upper right-hand corner and select “My Favorites”. Here you’ll be able to see both your upcoming favorite dishes, and your all-time favorites too.